Rolling Obituary Thread: 2021

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Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 1 January 2021 14:48 (nine months ago) link

That'll be Mark Eden, fact fans..

Mark G, Friday, 1 January 2021 14:49 (nine months ago) link

Joan Micklin Silver, though I guess this really belongs in the 2020 thread

MrDasher, Friday, 1 January 2021 23:32 (nine months ago) link

I've never seen Hester Street, but I like Between the Lines, Chilly Scenes of Winter--or at least I did, when I last saw it ~35 years ago--and Crossing Delancey.

clemenza, Friday, 1 January 2021 23:36 (nine months ago) link

RIP! One of the few female filmmakers of her generation who was able to work regularly and has a decent sized body of work.

flappy bird, Saturday, 2 January 2021 02:14 (nine months ago) link

I really enjoyed Between The Lines and Crossing Delancey when I saw them last year

Change Display Name: (stevie), Saturday, 2 January 2021 08:54 (nine months ago) link

These things come and go, but you can get Between the Lines on YouTube right now. When I saw it a few years ago, I quoted a line that kills me on the Jeff Goldblum thread. He's holding court for some would-be rock critics--he teaches a seminar or something--who are conspicuously all female and furiously taking notes:

"They say that rock is here to stay, you've heard them say that rock is here to stay...They never say where. Certainly not at my house--I don't have the room."

clemenza, Saturday, 2 January 2021 16:18 (nine months ago) link

See the Bob Pollard thread to find out where rock wound up staying.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 January 2021 16:35 (nine months ago) link

Sad news about Steve Brown, producer of Wham!, The Cult, ABC and Manic Street Preachers among many others. Young Guns (Go For It), She Sells Sanctuary, Tears Are Not Enough (original) and Motorcycle Emptiness: that's a hell of a CV in just four songs.

— Simon Price (@simon_price01) January 2, 2021

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Saturday, 2 January 2021 21:43 (nine months ago) link

Paul Westphal:

clemenza, Saturday, 2 January 2021 21:54 (nine months ago) link

Gerry Marsden of Gerry & The Pacemakers

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:20 (nine months ago) link

Life doesn't go on day after day

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:54 (nine months ago) link

RIP. Now have “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “The Silent Boatman” on mash-up rotation in my head.

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 January 2021 18:01 (nine months ago) link

Former is an all-time mood

spruce springclean (darraghmac), Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:01 (nine months ago) link

Have a great Goodison derby programme (somewhere) from April '78 with a celebrity fan feature: Marsden representing the Reds, and Leonard Rossiter the Blues. I don't remember anything about the Gerry P interview but Leonard R was insightful on Tommy Lawton and wasteful corner techniques. Rigsby 0-1 Pacemaker (David Johnson) on that evening, mind.

Michael Jones, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:19 (nine months ago) link

rip Gerry, such a beautiful singer

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 3 January 2021 20:01 (nine months ago) link

Tanya Roberts, who co-starred on That ’70s Show and Charlie’s Angels, passed away Sunday. She was 65.

Roberts reportedly collapsed at home following a walk with her dogs on Christmas Eve, a rep for Roberts told TMZ. She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator, but never recovered. The official cause of death is currently unknown.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:35 (nine months ago) link

rip midge

mookieproof, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:52 (nine months ago) link

Chase no face, the faceless cat, died yesterday.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 4 January 2021 05:39 (nine months ago) link

Barbara Shelley, actress with over 100 roles in TV and film on both sides of the Atlantic. Many Hammer roles including the female lead in the big screen Quatermass and the Pit.


Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Monday, 4 January 2021 10:41 (nine months ago) link

Barbara Shelley has died. She matched Christopher Lee's Dracula and Rasputin for blazing bravura. She became the cat girl and the Gorgon; fought the mad medicos of Wolfit and Cushing; inhabited a village of the damned and channelled the Martians. Our greatest horror actress.

— James Swanton (@jamescswanton) January 4, 2021

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Monday, 4 January 2021 10:41 (nine months ago) link

RIP Barbara Shelley. Very few classic Hammer film actors still around now.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 4 January 2021 10:58 (nine months ago) link

Alexi Laiho, guitarist for Finnish metal band Children of Bodom. He was 41.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 4 January 2021 11:38 (nine months ago) link

RIP Barbara, another one from last year's 'the last famous person you were surprised to discover was actually still alive' thread.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Monday, 4 January 2021 12:33 (nine months ago) link

Chicago-based musician (probably best known as drummer for Running) Alejandro Morales.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:31 (nine months ago) link

Alexi Laiho

man. Alexi Laiho, guitarist and frontman for Children of Bodom has passed away. Alexi was an incredible musician, one of the best guitar players of all time, a pioneer in melodic death metal innovating with an inescapable sound. truly a metal legend. RIP, Bodom will live forever

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) January 4, 2021

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 January 2021 18:58 (nine months ago) link

OK let's row it back on the Tanya Roberts news

meanwhile back at the song (Matt #2), Monday, 4 January 2021 22:31 (nine months ago) link

That story is mindboggling.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 January 2021 22:35 (nine months ago) link

looks like people are disputing the legitimacy of the certification of the outcome of her life

Next up: Tiffany Dover

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 4 January 2021 22:59 (nine months ago) link

questions for the husband, who seems to have told literally everyone they knew that she was dead

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 January 2021 23:03 (nine months ago) link

and i guess the doctors too

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 January 2021 23:04 (nine months ago) link

Conservationist George Whitmore, on 1st team to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan, dies of COVID-19 at 89.

nickn, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 01:31 (nine months ago) link

Undead Pool 2021

Looking for Cape Penis house (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 16:59 (nine months ago) link

Fair ridiculous age to be climbing mountains to be honest xxp

nob lacks, noirish (darraghmac), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 17:17 (nine months ago) link

I'm sad Tanya Roberts has actually died now. She would have been an amazing interview subject.

Alba, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 17:51 (nine months ago) link

Colin Bell aka ‘Nijinsky’.

It is with the deepest sadness and heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Manchester City legend Colin Bell.

🔷 #ManCity |

— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 5, 2021

Dan Worsley, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 19:55 (nine months ago) link

Albert Roux, the more unassuming of the Roux brothers (and the one that didn't have an absolute bellend for a son).

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 11:02 (nine months ago) link

I think he actually did? In that Michel Roux Jr. is his son, not his brother Michel's.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 11:53 (nine months ago) link

Oh well there you go.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 11:55 (nine months ago) link

Pierre Chappuis, Swiss poet and critic, 90. RIP.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 13:56 (nine months ago) link

remember when Man City had an online vote for whom to name a stand after and everyone voted for Colin Bell so it could be hilariously called "The Bell End".

calzino, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:00 (nine months ago) link

tbf he actually was one of their best ever players - pre-Sheikh Mansour. Him and Shaun Goater.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:13 (nine months ago) link

I've no doubt Man City fans consider him a ledge. But fans of other clubs thought it was a bit of a wheeze at the time, but it was a fail because as far as I know nobody calls it the bell end!

calzino, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:24 (nine months ago) link

Novelist Eric Jerome Dickey.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:31 (nine months ago) link

(xp) Sadly, the Dickov Stand never happened.

Eggbreak Hotel (Tom D.), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 15:31 (nine months ago) link

Alan Igbon (Loggo in Boys From The Black Stuff), aged 68. Apparently in early December.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 7 January 2021 16:47 (nine months ago) link

also in GBH: "shall I twat him, boss?"

RIP, he had only had 20 years on me.

calzino, Thursday, 7 January 2021 16:53 (nine months ago) link

Lizzie Bravo, who--aside with Gayleen Pease--sang on the 'Wildlife' version of "Across The Universe".

The article goes on to mention that Pease died earlier this year.

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:54 (two weeks ago) link

Koichi Sugiyama, composer most famous for the music in Dragon Quest. Also infamously a war crimes denialist and all round right wing nutter.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 7 October 2021 10:40 (one week ago) link

RIP Anthony O’Shaughnessey, who became the focal image of the first Dexys Midnight Runners LP. Here is the back story to the iconic picture. Featured on the @dig_with_it blog. Extracted from the book, @TroubleSongs.

— Stuart Bailie (@stu_bailie) October 7, 2021

Portsmouth Bubblejet, Thursday, 7 October 2021 13:24 (one week ago) link

Gayleen Pease

I only do this when I'm at the Eagle.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:11 (one week ago) link

useless tory minister James Brokenshire

I'm beside myself with grief obv.. crying a fucking river here

calzino, Friday, 8 October 2021 11:04 (one week ago) link

Reputation burnished by the eye skipping ahead to Karen Bradley.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 8 October 2021 11:10 (one week ago) link

tbf on him he always knew that there was no such county in Ireland as Londonkerry

calzino, Friday, 8 October 2021 11:13 (one week ago) link

What a loss to the scum community

look on my guacs, ye mighty, and dis pear (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 October 2021 11:34 (one week ago) link

State funeral anyone?

Just your standard-issue British ghoul, complaining about "imbalance" that has led to a "disproportionate" focus on criminal inquiries involving former soldiers, on the 45h anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:24 (one week ago) link

just a Tory mediocrity, but still evil enough to warrant a bit of glee in his passing.

calzino, Friday, 8 October 2021 12:42 (one week ago) link

Mr Brokenshire in charge of the six counties is all-time great nominative determinism.

I'm very sad to report that Rick Jones, aka Yoffy from Fingerbobs has passed away aged 84. I initially interviewed him for my book many years ago and we stayed in touch. He was a huge creative spirit, a talented musician and a lover of life. I shall miss him greatly

— Garry Vaux Illustrator (@GarryVaux) October 8, 2021

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:05 (one week ago) link

"Yoffy from Fingerbobs" is perhaps the most British thing I've read in my entire life.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:30 (one week ago) link

He was Canadian!

Madchen, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:32 (one week ago) link

RIP. 5 yr old me loved you deeply and always wanted more fingerbobs.

Also lol

Heading for dinner break doing Playschool, Humpty under my arm, I ran for a closing lift door, and inside was a terrified Danny Cohn-Bendit. He thought I was there for the hit.

— Rick Jones (@MrFingerbobs) June 22, 2020

woof, Friday, 8 October 2021 16:41 (one week ago) link

He was good in superman

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:01 (one week ago) link

A fondly remembered figure from my childhood; on Play School, I had him down as one of the cool ones.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 October 2021 21:52 (one week ago) link

Damn, no way The Beat would have sounded so urgent without our his contribution on the drums.

We are deeply sad to announce we have lost another friend & brother today, Everett Morton. Everett was a humble & gentle man in life, but a dynamo on the drums. He was the beat of The Beat. We feel his loss tremendously. Our deepest condolence to his family. #RIPEverettMorton🕊️💔

— The English Beat (@TheEnglishBeat) October 8, 2021

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 9 October 2021 10:00 (one week ago) link

Aw shit. That's Everett, Saxa and Ranking Roger all gone in the last few years :(

primate marmite (NickB), Saturday, 9 October 2021 13:58 (one week ago) link

Wow. One of the greatest, most underrated bands of its era (and beyond), imo.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 9 October 2021 14:16 (one week ago) link

Fantastic drummer.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 October 2021 14:25 (one week ago) link

Yeah just listen to the start of Mirror In The Bathroom

primate marmite (NickB), Saturday, 9 October 2021 15:07 (one week ago) link

I never even thought about him but those records sound so good so will be paying closer attention from now on. RIP.

He POLLS So Much About These Zings (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 October 2021 16:19 (one week ago) link

Have seen in the past couple days that Drew Steele of the Surf Punks, and Dee Pop of the Bush Tetras (and more) have passed.

nickn, Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:08 (one week ago) link

Also Jim Pembroke of 70s prog band Wigwam.

nickn, Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:30 (one week ago) link

Dee Pop passed in his sleep last night. We’re Facebook friends and lots of NY folk and the no wave Facebook group are posting about. Very sad. He was really upset at the passing of Charlie Watts who was a hero and seemed like some kind of mentor or something.

dan selzer, Saturday, 9 October 2021 21:11 (one week ago) link

The mighty Deon Estus

It is with real sadness I post that Deon Estus passed away This Morning. Deon was mostly known as the third member of Wham! Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans.#onlyloveisreal @billboard @RollingStone @BBCBreaking

— Deon Estus (@DeonEstus) October 11, 2021

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:01 (one week ago) link

He was ridiculously talented.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:24 (one week ago) link

Paddy Moloney, who founded The Chieftains in the early 60s

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:43 (one week ago) link


Starmer: "Let the children boogie, let all the children boogie." (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:50 (one week ago) link

...and who was sworn at by Van Morrison onstage in the late 80s.

I love his work on a few of Mike Oldfield's records, and the Barry Lyndon soundtrack.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:38 (one week ago) link

...and who was sworn at by Van Morrison onstage in the late 80s.

And Van normally so mild mannered and even tempered too.

Starmer: "Let the children boogie, let all the children boogie." (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 21:54 (one week ago) link

Goodbye Alan Hawkshaw. He wrote The Champ. He played on Melody Nelson. He was in the Shadows. He wrote the themes for Grange Hill, and Countdown, and Channel 4 News. Can’t be many days in my life where I haven’t heard at least one of them. Oh, and this

— bob stanley (@rocking_bob) October 16, 2021

groovypanda, Saturday, 16 October 2021 15:55 (four days ago) link

oh damn

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:04 (four days ago) link

_...and who was sworn at by Van Morrison onstage in the late 80s._

And Van normally so mild mannered and even tempered too.


Double Chocula (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 16 October 2021 16:24 (four days ago) link

And whose daughter Kirsty sang the vocal on It’s A Fine Day.

the thin blue lying (suzy), Saturday, 16 October 2021 18:18 (four days ago) link

one of the greats tbh

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 16 October 2021 18:54 (four days ago) link

wait, is there really no hawkshaw thread on ilm?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Saturday, 16 October 2021 18:55 (four days ago) link

RIP Alan, had some serious bangers under his belt

Agnes, Agatha, Germaine and Jack (Willl), Saturday, 16 October 2021 19:07 (four days ago) link

His Great Mysteries Of The World library record is my big fave

covidsbundlertanze op. 6 (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:15 (four days ago) link

v sad about Paddy :(

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 16 October 2021 21:15 (four days ago) link

Ronnie Tutt - original member of Elvis’s TCB band & all round killer drummer

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:29 (three days ago) link


Double Chocula (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:38 (three days ago) link

Man, that is one Mad TV parody-level worn out Elvis in that video.

Double Chocula (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 October 2021 21:40 (three days ago) link

Colon, covid.

To clarify: Colin Powell, of Covid complications


Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 18 October 2021 16:42 (two days ago) link

Powell was always a centrist political shithead, following and amplifying whatever he thought was politically popular.

for instance,

Skin color is a benign, nonbehavioral characteristic. Sexual orientation is perhaps
the most profound of behavioral characteristics. Comparison of the two is a
convenient but invalid argument. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as
well as an African-American fully conversant with history, I believe the policy we
have adopted is consistent with the necessary standards of order and discipline
required of the armed forces.

Powell said he was making “no moral judgment” on gays but believed “they can best serve in other areas.”


Marine Commandant Gen. Carl Mundy may have been the most strident opponent of allowing gays to serve openly. Quoting someone involved in a Queer Nation parade, Mundy said people associated with “gay pride” are licentious and unconstrained by law or morality. Mundy, who died earlier this year, also suggested that announcing “I’m gay” was the “same as I’m KKK, Nazi, rapist,” the notes show.


Powell said Friday that he did not believe that Mundy breached decorum with his remarks.

“Carl Mundy who died recently was the most outspoken, but I don’t think that he crossed a line, nor has that ever been mentioned to me,” Powell wrote in an email to POLITICO.

“I’ve never seen these notes before, of course,” the general said, while adding that they appeared to be accurate. “The Chiefs head these services, not me, and I wanted (the) President to hear their views. The real story was Congressional opposition. The Dems came back after the Easter Recess pleading for a compromise. DADT was that compromise. Congress might well have gone back to greater restrictions. (The) President was pleased by June to get it off the table.”

As for the comparison between gays and African-Americans, Powell said: “I did not think they were equivalent; although both were discriminatory. The armed force(s) to do their job have to do things that are discriminatory, e.g. capital punishment for walking off the job.”

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 18 October 2021 19:12 (two days ago) link

ngl, I do not give a rat's ass what some asshole homophobe has to say about gay people or other bigots. The guy directly contributed to the deaths of millions. Hope he's being chopped up a distributed in equal measure to the lowest circles of Hell.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Monday, 18 October 2021 19:41 (two days ago) link

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